30 April 2009
29 April 2009
tom terrific with the field level seats and scoreboard, jaoquin andujar with the visitor's bullpen, right field pavilion, and scoreboard in a rare dusk photo,
28 April 2009
27 April 2009
26 April 2009
they both returned the cards in just 7 days.
25 April 2009
charlie neal.neal hit 2 homeruns in game 2 of the 1959 world series, and batted .370 for the series. the dodgers, of course, won the championship, as shown on
this card.the champs celebrate. i don't know who is getting doused with booze - no dodger is listed as 33 at baseball-almanac but it could be joe becker, one of the coaches. anyone know for sure?
24 April 2009
first, willie mcgee on his 1998 upper deck collector's choice card.
next, dmitri young on his 1998 donruss card.
23 April 2009
rod at padrographs sent me a fantastic, well balanced package a while back. he hit the five main collecting groups - garvey, dodgers, double plays, dodger stadium backgrounds, and plays at the plate, with even a final tribute for good measure. i love receiving any of these types of cards, but rod really put some thought into it. enough of that, let's see some cards!
1987 donruss barry bondsa dodger stadium background. and an auto! wowza. nice hat, too. in his first full series in the majors, the dodgers held bonds to 1 hit in 10 at-bats, and struck him out 5 times. of course, they also walked him 5 times. i remember bobby bonds being in the booth with vin scully or ross porter at one point during the series and being deservingly proud of his son.
1987 donruss barry larkinanother dodger stadium shot of a former nl mvp. i spent many a game out there in the pavilion. good good times.
1995 topps craig shipleythe aussie turns two. craig began his career with the dodgers, and was involved in that 12-player deal that sent ken caminiti to the padres in 1994, setting up that great finish to the 1996 season where they swept the dodgers to win the nl west by one game. of course, the dodgers won the wild card and both teams were swept in the first round anyway.
1989 topps padres leadershere's the play at the plate. nice that gary carter, a met, is more recognizable on the padres leaders card than the padre shown. why not just have a smiling tony gwynn photo and be done with it?
2009 upper deck russell martinnice.
2008 upper deck documentary russell martinnice, but documentary still sucked.
and a ton of garveys. sure, they were padres garveys, but that's ok.
1987 fleer mini steve garveyyou can shrink steve garvey, but you can't defeat him.
1987 sportflics steve garveythese cards don't scan well at all. but you get the idea.
the final tribute was garvey's 1988 score, which i have posted before, so i won't show it again here, even though it's a favorite of mine.
rod - thanks for taking the time and putting together such a great package!
22 April 2009
erskine started and won the first regular season game the dodgers played in los angeles. he also threw two no-hitters, won 122 games, and struck out a record 14 yankees in a 1953 world series game. erskine, along with sandy koufax and don newcombe, threw out the first pitch at the dodgers' home opener last year, celebrating their 50th year in l.a.
here's a 2005 topps 'dem bums' insert. it had the facsimilie auto, and carl added the real deal diagonally. i really like that the full body shot is of him running the bases with a somewhat panicked look on his face.
next, 2001 fleer greats of the game
21 April 2009
playing first base, number 7, james loney.
a nice centerfield shot of his nlds grand slam.
at shortstop, number 15, rafael furcal.i was really hoping ned would re-sign furcal. now i hope furcal stays healthy.
at third base, number 23, casey blake.last year, blake was wearing number 30. this year, hudson wore 30 once or twice. now, nobody's wearing it. makes me wonder if there's something going on with maury wills, even though the dodgers are notorious for not retiring numbers unless it's for a hall-of-famer (jim gilliam being the only exception).
now for some of the backup infielders. the theme this year is versatility. all of these guys can play just about any of the infield positions. even the injured doug mientkiewicz can play first and third.
blake dewitt.dewitt can play second or third, and even short, and we will probably need him in all spots before the season is through.
20 April 2009
the 1965 rookie of the year, lefebvre had perhaps his best season in 1966 with 24 homeruns and an ops of .793. he was selected to the all-star team and finished 18th in the mvp voting that year. the dodgers appeared in their second straight world series, and although they were swept by the orioles, it wasn't too bad of a start for lefebvre's career. after a comparatively down year in 1967, lefebvre's playing time diminished in 1968 as he missed all of may and most of june, assumedly to an injury.
with the arrival of the dodgers' heralded 1968 draft class in the early 70s, i imagine his playing time was limited more and more. lefebvre made his final appearance on september 19, 1972 as a pinch-hitter, striking out against mike corkins. he finished with a career batting average of .251.
like some of his dodger teammates, jim appeared on television, including guest spots on 'gilligan's island' and 'batman'. he went on to manage the mariners, cubs, and brewers, as well as the chinese national team, and he is currently the hitting coach for the san diego padres.
thanks baseball reference!
19 April 2009
1991 topps jose gonzalez it's really billy bean. not beane. topps had a few of these types of corrected errors in 1991. curious.
1991 topps stadium club jose gonzalezhere's what jose really looks like.
2006 fleer ultra cesar izturisusually these pac bell/chevron cars shots are reserved for oh my omar!
1998 leaf eddie murraya final tribute! ed-die finished his career in 1997 with a second go around as a dodger. final stats: 3255 hits, 504 homeruns, 1917 rbi, 0 interviews.
1988 score bob welchsent to the a's, as this border coloring seems to suggest
1992 leaf todd benzingerintense!
1992 pinnacle orel hershiserthis is what happens when the manufacturers make 137 cards of one player in a 2 or 3 year span. there are only so many baseball poses to be had...
these next two are awesome.
1996 upper deck roberto kellycelebrating his vagabond ways - from the expos to the dodgers to the twins. technically, this is a twins card, but so what. it's a dodger sandwich.
1997 upper deck chad curtis
again, a dodger sandwich on what is really an indians card. not bad from an indians fan.
18 April 2009
so, i asked brian if he had a double of foster - he did not, but he offered to send it to me anyway. well, i received it the other day, and, like the game of ball, it is glorious.
side note number one: a reader contacted me a while back looking for information on 1971 o-pee-chee variations, which got me thinking, maybe i should go for all 13 variations, not just the dodger related ones. so, i have added them to my want list, minus some i found a couple weekends ago.
side note number two: i found out last night that i am a canadian citizen, thanks to yesterday's amendment to the canadian citizenship act, so these o-pee-chee cards are even better, eh?
brian also included some junk wax, which i thought about posting on craigslist for thousands of dollars, but i couldn't resist ripping some 91 fleer. there were a bunch of great cards, surprisingly enough. check these out:
1991 o-pee-chee premier (so it's not the topps sister set, that's ok)
dan pasqua (in old-timey uniform)
kurt stillwell. a double play! stillwell must have the highest double play photo to card ratio of any player ever.stan belinda.
1958 world series sportflic thingy.
alejandro pena. as a met.
1991 fleer. avert your eyes.
detroit tigers sticker.
bert blyleven. bert belongs.
bo jackson. bo knows junk wax.
mike marshall. as a red sock.the mets kept him for only half a season.
kirk mccaskill. the pride of kapuskasing ontario.
bert blyleven. i'll show this one since it's not dandelion yellow.rich garces. el guapo.
dennis cook. loogy. as in 'lefty one out guy'.mike simms.
1989 score. this was a grocery pack. keep that in mind.
larry sheets. what was he on in 1987?
tony gwynn. i used to love going down to san diego to see the padres play the dodgers. i secretly rooted for tony gwynn, even in those games.rafael ramirez.
1983 sportflic thingy.
paul zuvella. turning two!dave meads. in dodger stadium!rich gedman.
scott bankhead (young superstar insert)
1935 sportflic thingy.
craig biggio. i guess i'll show it the second time around.goose gossage. ditto.manny lee. sorry manny. you'll have to show up 5 or 6 times before i bother.
orel hershiser. 23-8. 15 complete games. singing hymns on the tonight show.doug jennings.
jose rijo. in dodger stadium.
1942 sportflic thingy.
mike 'enough' aldrete. once bought beer for me and my friends.dave leiper.
andres galarraga (all star)
gregg jefferies (record breaker)
terry puhl. the pride of melville saskatchewan. terry mcgriff.
mike greenwell (all star)
tom lasorda. pre-slimfast.frank viola (all star).
allan anderson. i believe he skipped a start to ensure that he would lead the league in era.
cecilio guante. the legend continues!
andre dawson (record breaker).
denny walling. men are from mars, women are from venus, denny walling is from neptune (nj).
dave eiland. i show this only because topps gave him a card after making only 3 starts for the yankees, but didn't bother with a regular issue card for don sutton (they did give him a box bottom card).
thanks captain. that was a lot of fun.